Inserting string data including &

From: Tim Slattery <>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 13:58:55 -0400
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I'm trying to load a database table. The table contains several string columns, and in many places the value of that string must contain an ampersand (&).

When I code an insert statement like this:

insert into edit_messages (edit_number, title, intro)   values(123, '--&nbsp; line of error message', '--&nbsp; line 2 of message);

SQL*Plus assumes that &nbsp is a variable and prompts me for a value for it. Is there a way to escape the & so that it becomes just part of the string?

Tim Slattery
Received on Tue Aug 12 2008 - 12:58:55 CDT

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